Liverworts represent an early form of land plants. Over
8,000 species grow
in moist places all over the world. As the plants are
small they are easily
overlooked. The main body of many Liverworts is a flat
ribbon called a
thallus though there are also species with stems and
reproduce sexually by fusing eggs and sperm and also
have an asexual method
of reproducing. Tiny cups on the thallus surface
clumps of the plant's cells called "gemmae". Each gemma
splashed out of its
cup by a raindrop may develop into a new Liverwort
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